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Shoplifting suspect steals $10,000 worth of underwear

Shoplifting suspect steals $10,000 worth of underwear

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are looking for a woman accused of stealing nearly 800 pairs of panties from the Victoria's Secret at Lenox Square.

Investigators said that on Feb. 7, the suspect spent more than two hours inside the store. During that time, she stuffed about 785 pairs of underwear into three separate shopping bags.

The store manager estimated the total cost of the stolen panties at about $10,500.

Surveillance cameras inside Victoria's Secret captured images of the suspect. Police described her as a black woman wearing a red hat, a white and black T-shirt, blue jeans, and red and white tennis shoes. She was carrying a purse and the three shopping bags.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Attempted smash and grabs at 3 Buckhead businesses

Attempted smash and grabs at 3 Buckhead businesses

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police are investigating overnight break-ins at three Buckhead-area businesses.

The glass doors to Cupcake Mafia, Gorgeous Growth Hair and Salon, and Lisa Nicole were all smashed, according to police. All three businesses are located in the 2115 Piedmont apartment building.

According to an Atlanta Police officer on the scene, the suspects tried to steal the flat screen televisions inside each business. While they were unable to take the televisions, they caused some damage to the TVs and their wall mounts.

A witness saw two black men with their faces covered run from Cupcake Mafia and drive away in a gray Volkswagen Jetta with a Florida tag, according to police.

The owners of Cupcake Mafia and Gorgeous Growth told police nothing was taken from their businesses.

The attempted burglaries are under investigation.

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

Weekend roadwork: More of the same

(WXIA) -- Georgia Department of Transportation crews will work in all the usual problem areas this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid Interstate 285 if possible, as construction projects will be performed on several stretches of that road.

As always, all weekend roadwork is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
3 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between New Northside Drive and I-75 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

Cobb/Fulton counties
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Bolton Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete rehabilitation.

Fulton County, dd’s Discounts to host recruitment event

Fulton County, dd’s Discounts to host recruitment event

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The North Fulton Career Center will host an onsite recruitment in partnership with “dd’s Discounts.” Interviews of qualified candidates will be conducted Feb. 2 - 6 and 9 – 13. The retailer needs to fill positions for retail associates, store protection specialists and area supervisors.

Applications must be completed online at jobs.rossstores.com and recruiters must contact qualified individual applicants before they can report to the North Fulton Career Center for an interview. The North Fulton Career Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Citizens without access to a computer can use Fulton County Career Center Resource Rooms to file an application.

Career Center locations include:

North Fulton Career Center
North Fulton Service Center
7741 Roswell Road, Suite 205
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
404-613-4480

Church thief takes selfies with stolen iPad

Church thief takes selfies with stolen iPad

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police have a very important clue that may help them track down a thief -- clear selfies of the suspect.

The man is accused of stealing electronic equipment and an iPad from the media room at Church of the Apostles in the 3500 block of Northside Parkway in Buckhead.

The theft happened Jan. 12. The church eventually replaced the iPad and found five photos of the suspect on its iCloud account. Police said the photos were taken shortly after the equipment was stolen.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said investigators believe the selfies were taken at the BP station at 151 Cleveland Avenue in southeast Atlanta. Police are also looking for a possible getaway car used in the crime -- a white Chevrolet Monte Carlo with Illinois tag C42 6584.

Jones said there was a second robbery attempt at Church of the Apostles on Jan. 25. Nothing was stolen in that incident.

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

Weekend roadwork: Lane closures galore

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a number of Atlanta-area construction projects on its schedule this weekend.

Drivers are asked to avoid traveling on certain stretches of Interstate 285, as lane closures are expected to result in long delays.

As always, all weekend work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and Cobb Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday for sign structure work.

DeKalb County
2 westbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Northlake Parkway and Chamblee Tucker Road from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Fulton County
2 lanes in each direction of I-285 will be closed between Cascade Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

Unemployment rate didn't change in December

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate went unchanged last month. The rate was 6.4 in December 2014, the same as it was in November 2014. It was 6.8 percent in December 2013.

Fulton County's December unemployment rate was 7.3 percent.

While the unemployment rate didn't budge, the Atlanta area gained 64,700 jobs last year, the largest December-to-December job growth in nearly 10 years. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said many of the new positions were in trade and transportation; business services; leisure and hospitality; financial services; manufacturing; education and health care; government; and construction.

Butler said Georgia has been in the top 10 states for job creation every month since October 2012.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest December unemployment rate, at 4.9 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.8 percent.